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    Cammy Kerr may have found himself on the side-lines since Dundee were beaten away to Queen of the South in the Scottish cup but that has not stopped the young defender from aiming to not only force himself back into the first-team, but to win a new deal with the Dark Blues.

    Since making his debut back in 2013-14, Cammy Kerr has amassed over 100 appearances for his boyhood club and has also went to on to captain the side on numerous occasion.

    The arrival of James Horsfield on-loan from Scunthorpe United however has seen Kerr have to make do with a place on the bench and with his contract up in the summer, Kerr insists that he will keep working hard to win back his place in the staring XI and a new contract. 

    “My contract is coming to an end and I want to be playing so I am in the strongest possible position to secure a new one,” said Kerr.

    “Everyone knows that I am a big fan of the club and proud to have captained them many times so not playing is frustrating. All I can do is work really hard.”
     

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    • By UWTB1893
      Even still, the young defender couldn’t help but reflect back on the teams result and performance on Saturday when Dundee were soundly beaten 4-0 by Hamilton Accies.

      “It’ll hurt me, I’ll think about it,” he added.
      “It’ll eat away at me ending on a note like that and I think all of us at the club need to take something away from that game, that this club needs to be in a better position than it is.
      “We’ll strive to do that next year and try to make it a great season — it’s our job to do that.
      “Only three points off bottom isn’t where Dundee should be.
      “We know inside the camp this year has been so difficult and we shouldn’t be down at that end of the table.
      “I can’t believe we’ve bowed out on that.

      “We’re embarrassed for the fans coming through to put on a show like that or even a no-show.
      “We knew at the start of the week we were safe but that’s no excuse to put the feet up because we wanted to win every game and it’s so disappointing to come away with that, especially with the size of the score, and not put up much of a fight.”
      Kerr went on to speak truthfully about his thoughts on the team after they had secured safety from relegation and his views on where the club should be and challenging.

      “On Saturday, it was as if people thought the job was done — it’s never done until the final whistle and it just wasn’t good enough.
      “At Hamilton, we didn’t match their fight, that’s the bottom line.
      “We didn’t match their desire to win balls, put tackles in and that’s what it comes down to — you can be the best footballer, we’ve got good footballers in our team but when it came down to the nitty gritty we just didn’t have it.
      “Throughout the whole game, we had enough time to pull the game back but we didn’t create any chances, I don’t think their goalie had anything to do.
      “Saturday just wasn’t acceptable even if it was last day of the season and we’re safe.
      “We want to be pushing for the top six and want to be having cup runs and be in the high end of the table but this season has been so difficult.
      “It’s been so inconsistent but we want to break free of that and, obviously, next season is a new start.”
    • By UWTB1893
      The Dark Blues have dropped into the play-off position after their seventh Premiership defeat in a row on Saturday.
      Dens Park boss Paul Hartley endured the long walk back to the tunnel after the 2-0 loss to Hamilton Accies with the boos of home supporters ringing in his ears.
      But Kerr exonerated him from blame.
      “The manager can’t do any more,” the young full-back said. “He demands high standards and trusts the players. It’s not his fault.
      “You can say he’s signed the players but it’s up to us to repay the trust he’s put in us.
      “Training this week has been the best it’s been.
      “After the defeat to Hearts the manager told us that nobody was to come into training down. And we haven’t been.
      “Boys have been really upbeat. It’s a good bunch and we’ll stick together right through to the end.”
    • By UWTB1893
      The 21-year-old has been an almost ever-present for the Dark Blues this season, missing only two matches, and has grown in stature as the campaign has progressed.
      Sadly, Cammy’s improvement hasn’t coincided with that of the team as a whole but it says a lot about his character that he’s still been able to shine in a struggling team.
      After returning from a second loan spell at League One side Peterhead, where he made 33 appearances, in January 2016, Kerr has made the right-back slot his own.
      He started in the 2-1 win over Dundee United on January 2, 2016.
      Then came a real standout display in the toughest of venues as he impressed in a 0-0 draw away to Celtic.
      This season his athleticism and defensive displays have made him an automatic choice for manager Paul Hartley, only missing out on starts in two games back in October.
      He’s even performed well outside his position — at left-back up at Pittodrie while on Saturday at Tynecastle he was on the left-wing.
      So, what is it he brings to the Dundee starting XI?
      Ability
      There have been times this season where his quality on the ball has been questioned. That’s fair enough but it’s also par-for-the-course for somebody learning their trade at the highest level in this country.
      The vital thing for any young player is that, when they make mistakes, they learn from them.
      Kerr has been caught out a few times due to inexperience but it’s been a rare occurrence for the same problem to dog him again and again.
      His forward play has improved markedly, too, over the season.
      He picked up the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Motherwell — something that will come in handy if he can repeat that over the next few weeks — and his delivery from wide has steadily improved.
      A wicked cross from the right flank at Inverness gave target man Marcus Haber an easy goal in January and that’s something the home-grown youngster has been working hard on.
      Attitude
      No question what has brought Kerr to this stage is his fantastic attitude and willingness to work hard on and off the pitch.
      He’s a lad who recognises he has an opportunity to make his mark at the club he’s supported all his life and it looks like he’s willing to do whatever is necessary to take it.
      After the 7-0 hammering by Aberdeen a couple of weeks back, it’s usual for the experienced pros to come out and face the media afterwards and front up.
      However, despite that, Kerr stepped forward and showed he has the bottle to stand up when needed.
      He spoke with honesty, conviction and a determination to put things right — that’s an attitude that can lead a player to a long, successful career.
      Physicality
      Kerr’s ability to get up and down the right flank constantly throughout every game is probably his biggest asset.
      The constant running to be in the right position defensively while also helping the attack shows superb stamina.
      He’s still a slight lad, and, at times this season, has been brushed aside. Strength, though, will come with age.
      And there’s little doubt, with that age will come an impressive top-flight defender.
    • By UWTB1893
      A booking in the 1-0 defeat to Hearts is understood to have earned the talented defender a one-match ban.
      The suspension will come after Saturday’s crunch relegation clash with Hamilton Accies at Dens and probably be served on April 29, with the opposition due to be announced by the SPFL later this week.
      His absence will come as a setback to manager Paul Hartley, who sang his praises after the loss to the Jam Tarts.
      Hartley said: “I thought Cammy was great. We asked him to play on the left but he coped with it really well.”
      The Dens boss also insists Dan Higgins can be proud of his contribution on his debut.
      Hartley opted for former Celtic trainee Higgins ahead of Kevin Gomis in central defence, even though the teenager, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday, is more accustomed to playing in midfield.
      Higgins produced a solid performance at Tynecastle and Hartley insists the versatile player’s display was a positive on another disappointing afternoon.
      Hartley, whose side are just a point above the Premiership relegation play-off zone, said: “I thought young Higgins was excellent when he came in.
      “He was thrown right in at the deep end. He only got told on Friday that he was playing, just because of the personnel we’ve got and how we wanted to line up. I thought he was great.
      “We had a really young team out there.
      “He was very good, we got him from Celtic about Christmas time, he got let go.
      “He can play as a midfielder and probably his best position is as a central midfielder but he had played at centre back a few times so we stuck him in.
      “He was very composed for his age, nothing fazes him. He’s had a good upbringing at Celtic, I was really pleased with that.”
      Meanwhile, Dundee owner Tim Keyes is now expected to fly across from the United States after the Accies game.
      It had been hoped that he would be at the club in time to watch the team in action this weekend but his visit will be later this month.
    • By UWTB1893
      Bouncing back from the 7-0 humiliation dealt out by the rampant Dons at Dens Park ahead of tonight’s now-crucial trip to Ross County is a massive test of the Dark Blues’ character, according to the full-back.
      “That’s probably the lowest point I’ve had in my playing career,” said Kerr of the Dons defeat.
      “There are no positives to take from the game.
      “It was an all-round terrible night for everyone.
      “I don’t even know what to say about Friday night. Honestly, I’m gutted, this is the worst I’ve felt, the boys are gutted.
      “We need to forget about it — as much as it’s terrible to say, you’ve got to.
      “It’s done, we need to be in a positive mindset going towards Dingwall.
      “Probably the worst thing you can do is sit and dwell on it, even though it sounds like the only thing you can do.
      “We have a massive game tonight and it will show the mentality of this team what happens at Ross County.”
      Defeat in Dingwall  will make blatantly clear how close Dundee’s season is to a disastrous collapse as we head into the business end of the campaign.
      And that’s something Kerr wants to avoid at all costs.
      He added: “Everyone needs to rally together and make sure what had looked a promising season doesn’t fade away.
      “The worst-case scenario is we have a terrible end to the season, nobody wants that, no one at this club wants that.
      “This club I think personally is on the up but to go through the spell we’re in isn’t good, so it’s crucial we get out of it.
      “You look at the season, it’s been so up and down but that was unacceptable.”
      The inconsistency throughout the campaign has been an obvious weakness in the Dundee side this season but that same inconsistency shows they have managed to lift themselves after disappointments before — particularly when they were rooted to the foot of the table.
      Whether they can pick themselves up after the colossal disappointment of Friday night will define whether or not they can now keep their place in the top flight.
      “We have bounced back but now it’s a test of everyone’s character, how much they want to play for this team,” added Kerr.
      “We need to get results that are going to see us through this season because it’s now massive we get wins that’ll see us out of this bad spell.
      “We’re all hurting, which is a good thing in my eyes.
      “We need to show a bit more grit and determination if we want to get out of this.
      “It’s fine playing football and trying to play nice stuff but, when it comes down to it, you need to battle away and I don’t think we did that on Friday.
      “These things happen in football, you have bad games, but you can never accept the manner things happened on Friday, which is the annoying thing for me.
      “We all know how bad it was and, hopefully, there’s a reaction.”
    • By TheDarkBlues
      The Dens Park die hard tells SunSport’s DAVID FRIEL about his trip to the Theatre of Dreams as a kid.
      Kerr also reveals which Dundee player wears Doc Martens and how he was denied the chance to face Gazza.
      AFRO. Who has the worst haircut? Marcus Haber. He seems to come in with a fresh trim for every game and they are always a different version of a mohawk. He must go to a local barbers . . . or butchers!
      BEYONCE. Who is your ideal woman? Margot Robbie from the Wolf of Wall Street. She’s been in a few good films recently and I am a big fan for obvious reasons.
      CELEBRITY. Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met? Sir Alex Ferguson. When I was younger I won a Man United skills competition and got the chance to go and watch them train and play a game on the Old Trafford pitch.
      There were young players from all over the world and Sir Alex came over to talk to us and give advice on what it would take to make it.
      DUNDEE. Are you living the dream playing for the club? I’ve been here for 13 years and it was always my dream to play first-team football for Dundee. I had a season-ticket when I was young and Barry Smith was always my hero. He actually gave me my first YTS contract and it was an ambition to sign for the club.
      EGG ON YOUR FACE. What’s been your most embarrassing moment in football? I was on loan at Peterhead and we were playing Dunfermline. I thought the ref blew the whistle and stopped before picking the ball up. It turns out he hadn’t and I got a free-kick against me for handball. Gerry McCabe, the Dundee assistant, was at the game and he still slags me about it.
      FISHING. Any other hobbies? Nothing. Just football. I get pelters from the boys because I go to watch games all the time but it’s what I’m interested in. I’d like to get into coaching one day and I plan to get my badges.
      I have been doing a bit to help out with the Under-17s and I like that side of it.
      GOLDENBALLS. Who’s the best you’ve played with and against? Gavin Rae was captain of the team that won promotion and I’ve never seen a player have so much of an impact on the other boys. Everyone took to him and he led by example. Gav had a brilliant career and you could see why. Romelu Lukaku was the best I’ve played against for Everton in a friendly. He was ridiculous, just a big unit.
      HOLLYWOOD. Who’d play you in the movie of your life? The boys all say I look like Jackie Chan so I need to pick him. If I chose someone else, they would all cane me.
      IDIOT. Who’s not the sharpest tool in the box? Michael Duffy is a great guy but I am not sure he knows exactly what is going on at times. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy but a bit daft. To be honest, since he left I’ve maybe taken his crown. It’s quite an intelligent dressing room at Dundee.
      JOB. What would you be if not a footballer? Maybe a taxi driver, as I am always running people about. On a Friday, the gaffer likes everyone home and resting early before the game so he will get me to take Craig Wighton home. It’s 20 minutes out my way but he’s my mate so I can’t say no, can I?
      KISS ME QUICK. Are you a romantic? I’d say yes but I’m not sure my girlfriend Louise would agree. I do try to be romantic. I’ve booked a holiday for us in the summer so that’s not bad.
      LOOKALIKES. Ever been mistaken for someone else? The first time I ever helped out with the kit for Dundee, someone thought I was Barry Smith’s son! I was only 16 and it was embarrassing. They must have thought we looked like each other as I had the exact same haircut as Barry — a No2 all over. They used to call me ‘Barry’ at Dundee.
      MOURINHO. Which player will make a good boss and why? Darren O’Dea and James McPake will both be good managers. They are taking the Dundee Under-20s and have a lot of experience after playing at a high level. They also have a hard side to them that you need.
      NICOTINE. Addicted to anything? Films. I have an Odeon card and I am always at the cinema. Logan was the last one I watched and it was okay.
      ON THE DECKS. Who’s in charge of the dressing room iPod? It used to be me but Scott Bain has taken over recently and thinks he’s the music man. I’m not sure the boys are having it, to be honest. He claims I just play the top 40 chart songs but I know everyone secretly loves it. I’ve seen them all tap their toes to Ed Sheeran.
      PUB. What’s the best team night out you’ve been on? I always like the Player of the Year night. Everyone is suited and booted, the club puts on a dinner with speakers and it’s always a good laugh.
      QUESTION OF SPORT. Who would be on your quiz team and who wouldn’t? Well, Michael Duffy won’t make it and I probably wouldn’t pick myself either.
      Tom Hateley is quite intelligent and Jules Etxabeguren apparently has a degree. The gaffer claims he’s good at general knowledge so I’d go for those three.
      RATINGS? Who checks their mark in the paper every week without fail? Paul McGowan must be the one because he always seems to get man of the match.
      I’m convinced it’s a member of his family who picks it every week.
      STANDARD GRADES. What were you like at school? I got a couple of Highers but I’d say I was average. I wasn’t a troublemaker but I liked a laugh and all I wanted to do was play football. I left at 16 when I signed my Dundee contract but they didn’t tell me until after my last exam, so I had to study as much as I could. When I got home that day, I found out they had offered me a deal.
      TIME TRAVELLER. What event in history would you like to have witnessed? Dundee winning the league in 1962. Dundee also made two European semi-finals back then and, as a lifelong fan, I’d have loved to see that team play. Pat Liney is around the club every other day and it’s weird talking to someone who has won the top division for Dundee and made history.
    • By TheDarkBlues
      The likeable 21 year old has established himself as a first-team regular with the Dens Park club, following two separate stints at Balmoor.
      Amongst Kerr's 29 appearances this season was his impressive display in the Scottish Premiership win over Rangers last Sunday.
      The lifelong Dundee supporter has even been touted for international recognition, such has been his impact in Scotland's top-flight.
      McInally said: "Cammy is such a nice boy and he stays not too far away from me actually."
      "Believe it or not, he sent me a text message on Monday apologising for not wishing me a happy birthday on Sunday because he was busy."
      "That sums the boy up. He thinks about others rather than himself and I thought that was really nice of him."
      "I have showed that text to so many people and I told our players about it at training this week."
      "Everybody at Peterhead is so happy for him, just because he is such a nice boy and has got so much desire to be a footballer."
      "He is actually living his dream because he loves Dundee and to be representing the club means so much to him."
      "Apparently even our former striker Andy Rodgers has been tweeting that it should not be long before Cammy receives international honours at some level, which would be nice for him. Not that I'm into tweeting!"
      Kerr, a forward-thinking right back, made 33 outings for Peterhead over the last two seasons.
      To try and fill the void, the Blue Toon boss blooded numerous players in that position but he believes he has finally found a successor.
      McInally said: "I have actually been comparing Aaron Comrie to Cammy."
      "They are the same type of players - enthusiastic, quick, sharp and they wear their heart on their sleeve."
      "I have already said to his manager Tommy Wright that Aaron has got the same chance as Cammy because of his determination and his desire."
      "Hopefully that comes to fruition for him at St Johnstone because if it does, it will mean he will have done well for us."
    • By UWTB1893
      Kerr was a Dundee hero on Sunday afternoon, helping Paul Hartley’s team to a famous 2-1 win over Rangers.
      The 21-year-old local lad has made the right full-back position his own this season and Soutar, who enjoyed two spells at Dens, is delighted for a boy who was determined to play for the team he grew up following.
      “He’s living the dream having supported the club,” said Soutar.
      “I actually remember going into the laundry one day before a big game to get something before kick-off when Cammy was a ball-boy.
      “Even back then, you could tell he had the desire to play for Dundee and that’s what he was fully focused on. Nothing was going to distract him.
      “He is a role model to any youngster – not just at Dundee but across the country.
      “Cammy is the same guy he was then as a ball-boy and club mascot. You’ll never find him getting too big for his boots. Away from the park, he’s the first guy to attend club functions and make appearances at supporter events.
      “Nothing will ever go to his head and you can tell he just loves playing for his local team. I was so pleased to see him play the way he did against Rangers. Nobody deserves their success more.”
      Kerr, who went on loan to Peterhead before making his breakthrough at Dundee, could end up forcing his way into Scotland squads later in his career, Soutar believes.
      He said: “If he keeps going like this, there’s every chance he’ll get himself into contention for Scotland at some point.
      “I wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs within the next year or two come calling within the next year or two because he’s got all the attributes of a modern-day right-back.”
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